What Are You Reading On?
This week’s news about the new Kindles has sparked discussions both here, on MobileRead Forums, and elsewhere about readers' current ebook gadget.
Many of us are looking at our current hardware and asking whether we want to upgrade (or can even afford to do so). Readers have been talking what they like most about their current device, and what tempt them into replacing it.
The discussion has made for fascinating reading, so I have decided to post an open question and ask readers what gadgets they are reading on.
I’ll go first.
Right now I am reading ebooks, Instapaper, emails, and other content on a 10? RCA-branded Viking Pro tablet. It’s thin and light, and I love the huge screen, and best of all this tablet is under-powered when compared to devices like my missing iPad. Given the $80 price tag one wouldn’t expect similar performance, but the limited performance is also secretly a benefit because it keeps me from installing apps. That equals fewer distractions taking me away from my reading.
While I do have a Kindle, as well as other ereaders, I much prefer the tablet. The Kindle’s screen isn’t big enough, and it lacks page turn buttons.
But the next one might have page turn buttons, and that’s why I am so curious about the new Kindle and might buy one for myself.
So what are you reading on?
image by katerha
Becki April 6, 2016 um 11:27 am
I’ve given up reading ebooks on anything except my phone (which has a 5.5″ screen). It’s lighter than my tablet, more portable than my laptop, and more likely to be at hand when I have time to read. I store ebooks on the microSD card to keep the internal storage problem at bay. No problems yet. 🙂
Gwenhael April 6, 2016 um 11:28 am
ebooks on a Kobo Aura HD, magazines and comics on an Asus z580ca
poiboy April 6, 2016 um 11:44 am
all books on kindle voyage
pdf & cbr on ipad mini
Sandra April 6, 2016 um 11:49 am
Read primarily on my Sony ereader PRS-T1. I find reading on tablets, for long periods of time, difficult.
Darryl April 6, 2016 um 11:49 am
Whilst I am waiting for my new Kindle Flame I read purchased EBooks on H2O. KU EBooks on Voyage. If out without my Reader will use Ascend Mate 7 Android Phone with either the Kindle App or Moon Reader.
Frederic Raymond April 6, 2016 um 11:54 am
Got an old sony reader. PRS-600 I think. Still working fine.
Quadtronix April 6, 2016 um 11:58 am
Voyage… only way to do it!
Suzatm April 6, 2016 um 11:59 am
I read all ebooks from BN, Kobo, Google, Apple, Kindle on the iPad mini and my phone. When the mini needs charging I switch to my Nook Glowlight Plus or my Kindle DX depending on what I am reading at that time and just wait for the charging to get done if I am in an Apple, Google or Kobo book. Whoever comes out with an 8 inch e-ink reader will get my exclusive business so I can stop shifting and keeping devices.
Peter April 7, 2016 um 6:29 am
Try Pocketpocket Inkpad. It is 8″ and pretty good. Supports lots of formats – epub, mobi, pdf, …
Nate Hoffelder April 7, 2016 um 6:54 am
Of the plus 6″ models, it was my favorite. I especially liked the page turn buttons. (But TBH I’d have liked the Aura HD/H2O just as much if they had page turn buttons.)
Angela Korra’ti (Angela Highland) April 6, 2016 um 12:26 pm
I read on a variety of devices. I’ve owned several ereaders over the last several years, but my current set of ereading devices includes a 7″ Kindle Fire HDX (the 2013 model, apparently perma-stuck on FireOS 184.108.40.206), an 8″ Samsung Nook, and a Kobo Mini. I also own an iPhone (a 6) and an iPad Air.
I do the majority of my ebook reading on the Nook, which I bought pretty much entirely because it was the cheapest way I could get a not-half-bad Android tablet, and I wanted something capable of running Lollipop. I also wanted something capable of installing multiple ebook reading apps, since I buy from a variety of places–Kobo primarily, but also Smashwords and occasionally directly from publishers who make a point of selling DRM-free stuff. I very occasionally buy directly from Amazon, but ONLY if it’s an indie author I want to support and I know they’re selling DRM-free.
I WAS buying a bunch from B&N, who were the primary source for my ebooks before they started their current long-running decline (the other reason I wanted the 8″ Samsung Nook, since that gave me easy immediate access to my B&N library). So for my Nook, Kobo, and Amazon purchases, I tend to read those directly in the pertinent apps. (And it makes me kind of snicker to be reading in the Kobo app on a Nook.) For any of my indie purchases, I’m still waffling as to what I think is the best app to read those in. I use Calibre Companion to get the books onto the device to begin with, but so far, the various apps I’ve tried haven’t clicked with me. So I usually use the Nook’s native reader to read the indie titles.
I’ll read on the phone if I don’t have the Nook with me, or if I’m working on reading something and forgot to sync my progress on the Nook, and am somewhere without immediate wifi access.
I read digital comics on my iPad.
I think that’s everything! 🙂
Danny April 6, 2016 um 12:40 pm
Short articles on my phone but anything longer is exclusively on my Kindle Paperwhite 2.
I’ve not read a paper book in close to 20 years.
Bill Emery April 6, 2016 um 12:40 pm
Kindle Keyboard. My preference is read the nice words instead of just looking at the pretty pictures.
george zunic April 6, 2016 um 12:54 pm
kindle hdx 7″, fire hd 6″, 4.7″ fire phone, 4.5″ moto g and kindle keyboard. when not at home read on the fire phone for the most part. kindle keyboard preferred for bright sunlight.
Kit April 6, 2016 um 12:57 pm
95% of the time if I’m reading an ebook I read on my iPad Air 2. If for some reason I don’t have my iPad with me, I read on my phone, which is an iPhone 6S Plus. I do have a Kindle Paperwhite, but I’ve gotten so used to the larger screen of the iPad that using the Kindle makes it feel like I spend all my time turning the pages. Also I wear bifocal contacts, which make it difficult to read in low light or with low contrast, so the iPad screen helps a lot.
Robert Nagle April 6, 2016 um 1:13 pm
It’s probably worth asking what reading software you are using and how you get the document to the device. I read on the luxurious 12 Samsung Galaxy Tab. For non-DRM ebooks I upload everything onto Google Play Books. For downloads from the tablet itself, I choose to open in Adobe Digital Editions for android (GPB doesn’t have a reliable way to upload from tablets). For articles, I scoop them up with Evernote and read them offline on my tablet. I have become a huge fan of Medium recently. Oh, yes, Blue Fire for PDFs (no DRM and DRM).
I also read on my ipad 1 occasionally too.
One thing i miss is a good e-ink reader. I have one from 2010 that I use occasionally, but I’m due to buy a new one.
Jonny Jamtjord April 6, 2016 um 1:29 pm
ebooks in .mobi goes on the new Paperwhite and Voyage, and .epub (using Marvin) and .pdf (Kindle) goes on the two ipads (mini/reg) . So there will be no upgrader for the moment. Yes, and I use Calibre to keep order/track on most of my e-litterature !
Joe April 6, 2016 um 1:50 pm
Kindle Paperwhite 2 and I-Phone occasionally for books. Pretty much use the Kindle multiple times per day. Have a cheap Fire but haven’t used it to read yet since I already had the Paperwhite. Only use the Fire for InoReader for RSS Feeds, Twitter, and streaming.
Jennifer April 6, 2016 um 1:55 pm
I read books on my much loved Kobo H2O. It’s by far the best reader for me with its large screen, and being waterproof it’s beach and bathtub friendly. I read magazines (and any other PDF files) on my iPad using the GoodReader app.
Nate Hoffelder April 6, 2016 um 3:06 pm
I know why you like the H2O; I have an Aura HD. Even though it has a funky weird case, I do love the screen.
Syn April 6, 2016 um 2:28 pm
85% of my reading is on Kindle fire hdx7 for audible (nicer to use with it built in.) and TTS for kindle books. I also use Amazon Echo to play my aidible books and read my Kindle books. For epub, I use Moon+Reader on my 8″ galaxy Note, With Ivona (Same voice on Kindle Fire.) TTS. Since I started listening to books instead of reading them om the page, my number of books read has gone up about 8 to 1.
Jan April 6, 2016 um 2:36 pm
When I’m at home, I read kindle books, library books, and books from Project Gutenberg on my Paperwhite 3, which I bought last month.
Away from home, my iPod Touch 6 handles all the books plus audiobooks from Audible and Librivox. The iPod is also what I use to read the daily installment on the Serial Reader app, plus the newspapers I read daily. The iPod is really an all-purpose reader for me.
India April 6, 2016 um 2:40 pm
I read 90% (mostly fiction and narrative nonfiction) on a Google Nexus 5 phone, usually in the Bluefire app. Another 5% (mostly highly structured nonfiction) on an iPad Air, also mostly in Bluefire. The remaining 5% in miscellaneous apps on both devices. I try out different apps all the time, but I come back to Bluefire because it syncs across platforms.
aus April 6, 2016 um 2:49 pm
iPad mini 2 for all reading. Nothing else has the right shape, size and flexibility for my needs.
Arnold Halperin April 6, 2016 um 2:51 pm
I do most of my reading on my Kobo Aura. I really like having an e-reader that takes a micro-SD card — I like being able to carry all my ebooks around. While the Aura has a Pocket app, I do most of my magazine reading (via Pocket) on my iPhone 5s. I do like the sound of the RCA 10 Viking Pro you mentioned, and I’m thinking of ordering one from Walmart. For $80, what could go wrong?
Mike Hall April 6, 2016 um 3:22 pm
For PDFs and non fiction with maps and coloured illustrations I read on a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 Tablet or sometimes on a Fire HDX 7”, though for illustrated works the latter’s screen is a bit small. I don’t really like either of these for novels.
For fiction I almost always use a generation 7 Paperwhite. I find this is easier on the eyes, easier to hold and much less likely to run out of charge than the tablets. In summer I do a lot of my reading outside where the tablets are often unreadable. For sentimental reasons I keep my old keyboard Kindle – and even sometimes read on it – but with 1300 or so books loaded it really struggles with all the navigation tasks, plus I keep trying to turn the pages by tapping the screen. Unlike you I have no desire for page turn buttons (tastes differ so there can never be a perfect reading device).
My wife and mother-in-law, who share my Amazon account, both read on generation 5 Paperwhites. One huge advantage of these e-readers is that they – largely successfully – pretend not to be computers. This means that they are much more “friendly” for a ninety year old who has no desire to have anything to do with the Internet or a “real” computer. I still have to provide a bit of telephone support but there is a hell of a lot less that can be done wrong than on a tablet.
Oh, and I sometimes read on a PC whilst waiting for things to run (mostly these days when I’m doing high definition scans), though the main purpose of having the Kindle App on the PC is to give me somewhere to strip the DRM and store backups.
Sarah April 6, 2016 um 3:22 pm
Ancient (2010) e-ink Nook, still running just fine. I insist on e-ink, so that I won’t have a light shining in my eyes. I do have books on my MS SurfacePro 3, and it looks beautiful, but it’s too shiny.
Steve H April 6, 2016 um 3:32 pm
Mainly on the Kindle Voyage with the light turned up high.
Older Kindle Fire DX for books that have photos and sometimes for night reading with black screen.
One Plus One 5.5″ phone if I don’t have the Voyage.
Frank April 6, 2016 um 3:57 pm
I read on a 5.5″ Android phone, a Kindle Paperwhite 3 and an iPad Air. I ready mostly web content on my phone, long form text on my Kindle and comic books on my iPad.
I don’t expect to get the next Kindle since mine is pretty much the best experience with text reading. I don’t care for page turn buttons or automatic view shifting between portrait and landscape.
Josh Gunderson April 6, 2016 um 4:07 pm
I read webcomics/news/blogs on my Asus Transformer Infinity (bought it used, rooted it, running the ZombiPop ROM) using Inoreader via the News+ app.
I switch to my Nook Simple Touch (bought it refurb, rooted it) to read eBooks.
I am tempted to pick up a cheap/refurb/used eInk Kindle to take further advantage of my Prime membership.
Victor Socolowski Neto April 6, 2016 um 4:14 pm
I use a Galaxy Tab 3 Lite, mostly for reading Kobo ebooks and PDFs, and a Redmi 2 for Internet.
Michael Hicks April 6, 2016 um 4:29 pm
E-books on Sony T-3 and Moto X cellp[hone. PDFS (comics) and magazines on ASUS ZenPad Z580CA 8 in tablet. Magazines and newspapers on varios paper products,
DavidW April 6, 2016 um 6:05 pm
Mostly Kobo Aura H2O but sometimes my Kindle. I don’t mind the extra weight of the H2O, and love the larger screen. I can’t go bigger unless they can solve the weight problem. I would like an 8 or even 10 inch reader but not if it weighs a ton.
Linda April 6, 2016 um 10:32 pm
I’m reading on a Fire and FIRE HD 8. Bought both on sale ($34.99 and $99 respectively) These are robust and support a 128GB micro SD card. These tablets can access the 128GB card/content easily. (I had a Samsung tablet quad core that, when the micro SD card was loaded, could barely search files.) I side loaded an ePub reader. They offer lots of brightness control, and there’s good color and definition so the book covers are gorgeous.
Vikarti Anatra April 6, 2016 um 10:35 pm
Mostly Nexus 10 and HP Slate 21, sometimes Galaxy Tab Active when I’m outdoors(Tab’s display works better under sunlight). Everything runs Mantano Reader which syncs books, reading positions, notes.
I have Kindle Keyboard with 3G and 1st gen Paperwhite but use them very rarely.
I use Calibre to manage/convert I books I need to read.
Will O’Neil April 6, 2016 um 11:41 pm
I’m a nonfiction author and most of my reading is either current affairs (on the Web and in print) and research. I do still read real newspapers and magazines to some extent. I spend a lot of time at my PC and have gone out of my way to make it comfortable, with a high-grade chair and top-of-the-line ASUS 27″ monitor. With this setup it works well to read Web material on the PC and also a lot of PDF and some Kindle. I can sit back and read an enlarged image on my big screen. It’s nice because I can swing easily from reading to writing some more in my ms based on what I’ve just read. Similarly, while writing I can readily look something up in one of the 350+ Kindle or 1500+ PDF books I have. (I’ve converted a lot of my library from print to PDF via 1dollarscan.com).
I also have a nice, light laptop with a 13″ screen that works well for reading PDF setting in my easy chair. I also read a lot on my Voyage, which I do find a bit better than the PW2. It’s easy to read on and nice and portable. Sometimes, depending on the material, I read on my Fire HD8.
We have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to reading options.
Nate Hoffelder April 7, 2016 um 2:29 pm
I too appreciate the lean back reading experience, but I have come to prefer reading on a tablet in Instapaper. The separation between the tablet and laptop adds to contemplation, IMO.
BDR April 6, 2016 um 11:41 pm
Tablets give me a headache after a few minutes of ebook reading so I stick with Kindles. My library is spread between a Voyage and the original PaperWhite sporting KoReaderr.
For the odd times I’m waiting in-line or waiting around without a Kindle, I always have an iPod Touch handy with Marvin.
No, I’m absolutely not interested in another Kindle though. Amazon’s war on its users, waged with drive by updates preventing not only KoReader on later firmwares but preventing things like additional fonts has *completely* turned me against those creeps. Unless things change — and I’m pretty sure they won’t — I’ve bought my last Kindle. Forever. Their hardware is decent but limited in the storage department. It’s their soft/firmware that sux.
QQ April 7, 2016 um 12:01 am
Recently picked up a new Kobo Glo HD, and this is all I’ve been using for books since my previous (Glo, Touch) Kobo’s died. Glare and reflection on tablets give me headaches, so it’s e-ink all the way for me. I’m very interested in the new device Amazon will announce.
Jeff April 7, 2016 um 12:32 am
One of the very first NOOK Color’s got it as a Christmas present the year it was released and have only had to replace the power cord once.
Nate Hoffelder April 7, 2016 um 6:55 am
They do last forever, don’t they?
Jeff April 7, 2016 um 1:46 pm
Yeap, nice heft for a big guy like me and as long as you keep it in a good case it will take a bump that one of the flimsy little e-readers shatter from.
carmen webster buxton April 7, 2016 um 1:01 am
I read almost entirely on my Kindle Voyage. It actually took me a while to get used to the page turn buttons in the bezel, but now I really like having them there, especially when I have to read one-handed because there’s a cat lying on my other hand. The screen is great, and since I mostly read novels, I don’t need a huge page size. When I need color or a larger screen, I use the Kindle app on my Galaxy Note Pro. The Voyage updated itself recently, and I’m not sure whether I like the new header and home screen or not. I declined the option to see "suggestions" (ads!).
Iver Hatlen April 7, 2016 um 2:50 am
Nexus 6 phone w Kindle app. I sync the book and the audiobook, which I love, and lately have ended up listening more than reading
b. April 7, 2016 um 3:06 am
The gadgets of choice for ebooks (mostly epubs from the lokal library here):
– the illfated Onyx E43 EInk Smartphone (fits into the pocket nicely and has light)
– a Pocketbook 360 +
Nate Hoffelder April 7, 2016 um 6:52 am
You have an E43? Lucky! Only a limited number were produced. I don’t even have one.
beachwanderer April 7, 2016 um 11:29 am
Got it from Poland when they first sold it via Arta Tech. I still do like it (the IMEI-blunder doesn’t affect my device) but I wanted it as an ebook reader with Android and and not because of the phone-part.
(You’ll find a thread with the old unboxing fotos etc. over in ther german forum of Mobileread).
The phone-function is a nice plus but the E43 isn’t something you’d want as your sole phone. – If that wasn’t so expensive I’d still like to get my hands on a Yotaphone. – Or at least play around with the Siswoo R9 Darkmoon.
Nate Hoffelder April 7, 2016 um 12:07 pm
If I had realized they were never going to release a second production run or a second model, I would have bought one.
Shelley April 7, 2016 um 3:27 am
Samsung Tab 3, and load all of my eBooks on to FBReader.
Andy b April 7, 2016 um 5:29 am
E-Books on kobo aura hd, everything else on ipad Air 2
Anthony April 7, 2016 um 5:43 am
Kindle, then Note 5. Don’t use my 10″ tablet, I find it way to big
Peter April 7, 2016 um 6:35 am
I had previously Kindle Keyboard and Paperwhite. Now I am reading mostly on Kindle Voyage. I am using it when traveling and for all Kindle books. At home I am using for epub and technical pdfs Pocketbook Inkpad with 8″ screen.
javi April 7, 2016 um 7:11 am
Kindle Paperwhite 2.
Straker April 7, 2016 um 8:36 am
My primary reading device is a Kindle Voyage. My secondary device is the Kindle app on an iPad 3, used mostly for reading before bedtime or for comics and other content with a lot of color illustrations/photos. I reduce eyestrain by displaying the text in "negative" mode – white letters on a black background. Last resort device is the Kindle app on my Android smartphone. My practice now for any platform is to keep only a few books on the device at a time, storing the majority of my collection in the cloud.
Roy R April 7, 2016 um 9:01 am
I use an iPad 3, I read 3 -5 books per week. I usually have about 5oo total books on my iPad. I use Kindle,and Stanza for most of my books.
DebbyS April 7, 2016 um 9:13 am
Magazines and comics (and an other PDFs, and also videos and some mp3s) on my Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7″. When I have time, I read epubs on my Ectaco Jetbook Lite. Most mp3s on an ancient Sandisk Sansa Fuze.
Al the Great and Powerful April 7, 2016 um 9:46 am
I read on my Nexus 6 phone, Nexus 7 (2013) tablet, Kindle DX, and on pcs at work and home.
Norman April 7, 2016 um 10:08 am
Voyage for most reading. I can’t read backlit screens for long, but will read some things (magazines, mostly) on my ancient iPad Air. I like to travel with my Kindle Touch, for keeping WhisperSynced books together. I hate eye-reading on my phone, but will use it to ear-read while walking.
Thomas April 7, 2016 um 10:23 am
My main reader is a new Amazon Fire. I sometimes take my old Polaroid tablet with me when I’m out. I also have a Sony Pocket Reader that I take when I’m going to be outdoors a lot.
Robert April 7, 2016 um 10:40 am
I’ve read exclusively on my Voyage since I purchased it in January 2015. I’m eager to see what the new device is and I’m ready to upgrade if it’s slightly bigger and/or has a warmer light. In most cases I leave the Voyage’s light off/very low because I don’t like the white/blue hue of it. I never read on any of my tablets. I find the glossy screens and brightness too obnoxious, even in "night" mode.
Henry Wood April 7, 2016 um 6:55 pm
I’ll join you on that – I’m definitely looking forward to the new Amazon device and will upgrade in a flat second particularly if there is some increase in screen size.
Re the light on the Voyage, I have mine set on the auto setting and it is very apparent the difference between reading in 'normal' light which I hardly ever do, and the very low light that it turns itself down to when I am lying in bed reading with only a very low wattage amber bulb at the side of the room for backlight illumination. This is really one of the good points I like about the Voyage.
I can’t wait until next week!!! 🙂
Feda April 7, 2016 um 10:42 am
Onyx Boox i86
Sharon Reamer April 7, 2016 um 10:44 am
I still have a Sony but the battery life was so pitiful (and everything had to be sideloaded) that I gladly switched to a Kindle (old one with the keyboard) and then bought a new Paperwhite and have never felt the need to read on anything else (note: I am a heavy ebook and often physical book reader – 3 books a week, sometimes more, is not uncommon).
I don’t own a tablet (yet) and I hate reading on my Galaxy (next phone will be bigger), so I usually convert personal documents and pdfs and send them to the Kindle (this works pretty well for getting through the slush pile from Albedo One). I do read a lot on my laptop since I’m on there so darn much already.
Love my Paperwhite but miss the page turning keys from the older Kindle. Use Calibre to convert any epub formats to mobi. Most of my stuff is organized in the Kindle Cloud except the for non mobi stuff.
Brian April 7, 2016 um 12:11 pm
Mainly on an Aura HD. Sometimes on a Fire HDX. Occasionally on an iPhone 6 with Marvin.
Ana April 7, 2016 um 3:03 pm
Ebooks on my Kobos: Aura HD at home and Mini when out. Internet and comics on my Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, although I also keep my ebooks in the tablet and phone, both Android. With them I use Mantano to read.
Jason April 7, 2016 um 3:39 pm
Anthony April 7, 2016 um 5:17 pm
Not counting my computers, I read articles and comics on my 8″ Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet bought a year ago. It works OK for its dedicated purpose (comics reading, also some videos), and it replaced an older first-generation Nexus 7 tablet that had finally died.
I also read some articles on my Moto G smartphone, on the rather-long bus commute to/from work.
Henry Wood April 7, 2016 um 6:41 pm
90% of 'normal' books I read on my Amazon Voyage – I’ve not yet found a better ereader for everyday/everynight reading [I’ve tried quite a few including them Onyx clunkers!] and it is just so simple to pick up my Voyage, usually in bed, open it and there I am. It is the best ever reader for insomniacs who don’t want to get the brain buzzing off in other directions in the middle of the night.
I also have a Kindle DX that I use for quite a few 'study' books (mainly WWII subjects) and it proves its worth for reading maps etc.
And I still use an old Galaxy 10″ mainly to read comics of all sorts. "Peanuts", "Calvin & Hobbes", "Soup to Nutz", "Cul de Sac" and a few others can certainly put a smile on my face when I’m sometimes down and weary. I particularly like when the weekend colour edition pops up! – I’m very easily pleased these days. ;-/
Henry Wood April 7, 2016 um 6:47 pm
p.s. Should have mentioned – *everything* on my Voyage is via "Calibre". All of the books I buy from Amazon are bought then sent to "Kindle for PC" as default. I like being able to convert them to a 'better' font + hyphenation etc as Nate pointed to a while ago. This makes my Voyage books *perfect*.
Robin April 8, 2016 um 12:37 am
I’m a Kindle user for texts and a Google Nexus tablet if it involves photographs, though online reading usually happens on my desktop computer.
Marta April 8, 2016 um 6:50 am
I read 90 % on my kindle voyage or Kobo Glo HD(fiction, non-fiction). And 10% on my iPad mini (Bible, devotional books).
Chip April 8, 2016 um 10:23 am
Old iPad mini 2 and iPhone 6S Plus. I’d consider a soon-to-be-announced Kindle if the price/quality was right: Voyage tech at a Paperwhite price.
Max April 8, 2016 um 7:10 pm
Nook HD+. Still love the beautiful 1280×1920 display.
Jean K April 30, 2016 um 11:00 am
I can’t not comment here. My primary reading device is my iPhone 6+… But all my fiction and nighttime reading is either on a kindle PW 3, Kobo H2O, or Latest Nook glowlight. Depends on where I bought the book. I tend to love the experience most on the Kobo, kindle, and nook in that order. The other "reader" for my fiction, and probably where I spend more time than reading at home is through the audible app on my car stereo. It takes me at least 20 minutes to drive anywhere from where I live. I get a lot of reading done on the road!